Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)

Application Announcement

DHS will no longer accept ARMHS Certification Application, Version 3 as of February 2, 2015. Version 4 will be accepted beginning July 15, 2015.

The DHS Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) will be revising the current ARMHS Certification Process, Application & Attachments, Version 3, in response to the following:

  • • The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that there will be federal procedural changes regarding the approval and enrollment of new and current Medicare and Medicaid service providers.
  • • MN State Plan Amendment changes ARMHS are under consideration by CMS that would add additional service categories, as well as rate changes.
  • Through February 1, 2015, AMHD will accept ARMHS Certification Applications submitted by Provider Entities that have attended the ARMHS Info Seminars for Potential Provider Organizations before July 31, 2014.

    By July 15, 2015, AMHD will post the new ARMHS Certification Process and Application along with a new schedule for the Quarterly 2015 ARMHS Information Seminar.

    Technical Assistance Resources

    What is ARMHS?

    The 2001 Legislature authorized the expansion of Minnesota’s Medical Assistance (MA) state plan to cover a broader array of rehabilitation services. The MA option is referred to as the "Rehab Option". DHS worked closely with counties, advocates and providers to develop the proposal, which was subsequently included in the Governor’s budget.

    These new mental health services include MA coverage for adult rehabilitative mental health services (ARMHS) and mental health crisis response services. Note these services are not limited to people with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI). In calendar year 2013, 17,408 people received expanded services.

    The adult rehabilitative mental health services (ARMHS) may only be provided by an entity (a county or provider) that has been certified using the provider certification process developed by the Department of Human Services in consultation with counties and others.

    What services are available?

    ARMHS Covered Services

    Who is eligible for this service?

    MHCP Eligible Recipients

    How to become a provider – Applications/Certifications/Licensure


    Current Providers

    ARMHS Certified Providers List

    Expiration Dates for Certified ARMHS Providers


    MHCP Codes & Rates

    Reporting Requirements

    Mental Health Information System (MHIS) Materials

    Reporting through the Mental Health Information System (MHIS) is required of all Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS), providers. The MHIS reporting instructions and materials are located on the Adult Mental Health Technical Assistance page. The web-based Mental Health Information System (MHIS) started July 1, 2012 and replaced the POSR system.

    How can I get more information?

    ARMHS Policy Lead, 651-431-2225 or

    Additional Resources

    Send and Receive Client Survey Information through MN-ITS.

    ARMHS Certification Process

    Currently under review. Check back July 2015.

    ARMHS Recertification Application Process

    The following recertification documents are to be used by providers seeking recertification of ARMHS.

    Overview of the Recertification Process (PDF) 7 pages (October 2005)

    Recertification Application Instructions (PDF) 10 pages (October 2005)

    Recertification Application (Word document) 10 pages (October 2005)

    Local Recertification Process/Application (PDF) 8 pages (June 2005)


    ARMHS Supplemental Authorization form (Form DHS-4159A-ENG)

    LOCUS Level of Care Recording form (Form DHS-6249-ENG)

    LOCUS Level of Care MHCP Provider Manual page

    Functional Assessment Information- MHCP Provider Manual page

    MA documentation: an online course

    Functional Assessment: an online course

    Training – Quarterly ARMHS Application Provider Information Seminar

    All providers who are interested in becoming an ARMHS provider are required to attend the ARMHS Information Seminar. The potential ARMHS provider must register the qualified Clinical Supervisor/Clinical Consultant, as well as the entity’s Administrative Representative. This session is provided quarterly. Seminars will be held July 17, 2015, October 16, 2015, January 15, 2016 and April 15, 2016. All seminars will be on Fridays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Enrollment information can be found on the AMHD Training Website.

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